Macarthur Bulls still on the hunt for first home win

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Macarthur FC are still looking for their first home win of their inaugural season after a 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix.

The Nix were heavily in control for most of the first-half making it difficult for Macarthur to find their rhythm.

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Ulises Davila’s shot from the first corner of the match went wide of the target in the 7th minute.

Wellington had another chance, this time from Alex Rufer as his volley went over the crossbar inside the 9th minute.

The Bulls began to push forward as the match progressed, creating chances, however, Wellington’s defence were alert.

Macarthur had their first shot of the match from youngster Lachlan Rose in the 18th minute, his shot ultimately going wide.

The Bull’s defence had to be on their toes as the Nix continued to put pressure in their final third.

Benat Etxebarria crossed the ball towards Denis Genreau from a freekick only for his shot to be blocked by Wellington’s number one, Stefan Marinovic, in the 25th minute.

In the 32nd Matt Derbyshire tried the spectacular by attempting to catch Marinovic off his line however it went over the woodwork.

Macarthur had a good chance scoring from a free-kick just outside the edge of the area, but Extebarria’s shot was well saved by Marinovic inside the 35th minute.

The Phoenix opened the scoring in the 39th minute after James McGarry found David Ball, who slotted home.

James Meredith had the opportunity to find the equaliser however his shot was blocked by Marinovic just before half-time.

The Nix’s were reduced to 10 men in the 62nd minute after a VAR check by the match referee awarded Rufer a red card after his challenge on Genreau.

Macarthur found their first A-League goal at their home ground through former Atletico Bilbao player, Markel Susaeta, who struck the ball in the bottom right-hand corner in the 67th minute.

Macarthur were eager to take the lead when 81st minute substitute, Tommy Oar, had a long-range effort that went wide from the target.

An opportunity went begging for the Bulls when Derbyshire’s close-range header hit the crossbar in stoppage time, leaving Macarthur FC still looking for their inaugural home win.

 

Macarthur FC 1 (Susaeta 67’)
Wellington Phoenix 1 (Ball 39’)

Macarthur FC: 1. FEDERICI Adam (GK), 12. MEREDITH James (19. RUHS Michael 82’), 5. MILLIGAN Mark (C), 6. JOVANOVIC Aleksandar (29. MARTIS Antonis 64’), 7. FRANJIC Ivan, 8. GENREAU Denis, 4. ETXEBARRIA Benat, 33. SUSAETA Markel (11. OAR Tommy 75’), 15. SUSNJAR Aleksandar, 27. DERBYSHIRE Matt, 31. ROSE Lachlan
Substitutes: 16. SUMAN Nicholas (GK), 21. HOLLMAN Jake, 3. GOLEC Antony 10. PUYO Loic

Wellington Phoenix: 1. MARINOVIC Stefan (GK), 5. MCGARRY James (16. FENTON Louis 90+1’), 3. DEVERE Luke, 6. PAYNE Tim, 21. LAWS Joshua, 14. RUFER Alex, 8. DEVLIN Cameron, 10. DAVILA Ulises (C) (12. RIDENTON Matthew 64’), 23. LEWIS Clayton, 17. HEMED Tomer (11. SOTIRIO Jaushua 51’), 9. BALL David (18. WAINE Ben 90+1’)
Substitutes:  20. OLIVER Sail (GK), 15. MURATOVIC Mirza, 2. MCGING Liam

Venue: Campbelltown Stadium
Referee: Stephen Lucas
Assistant Referees: Matthew McOrist
Fourth Official: Kurt Ams

Feature image credit: Daniel Gualterio 

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Daniel Gualterio
Daniel Gualterio
Bachelor of Sports Media student from Charles Sturt University covering Macarthur FC. Passionate for the world game.

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